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Creative Writing.....

You will find an article about the Special Writers' Group which Elwyn Richardson ran some years ago at Lincoln Heights School on the ABOUT page. The quality of writing that emerged from the group was quite outstanding. Elwyn is now very much retired but when I spoke with him recently he gave me permission to quote from his books. If you are interested in promoting young people's writing I am sure you will find his work fascinating.

School Holiday Workshop Details.....

There have been a number of requests for precise details about the September/October workshops which you can view by clicking on
NEXT SEMINAR tab. Most of your favourite tutors will be with us again, and a few of your most requested topics, together with some newcomers. Gail Romano brings us WHY WE TRADE and ENTERPRISE MATTERS and Karl Steven will facilitate STIRRERS AND WHISTLE BLOWERS. Astronomy lovers will be delighted to see that Gloria Witheford and Mark Towl are back once more with STARLAB. The programme is varied as usual with something for everyone.

School Holiday Workshops September/October 2007

Dates for the courses are as follows:

3-day course for Juniors (Years 4-6)
Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th September

3-day course for Seniors (Years 7-10)
Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd October

An exciting programme is being planned and will include some totally new topics (and tutors) as well as a range of the old favourites. Programme details can be accessed from this website early next month and brochures will be sent out to schools and families on the mailing lists by mid August.

April 2007 Seminars

Two seminars were held during the April school holidays at Selwyn College in Auckland; a three day course for Juniors (Years 4 to 6) and a three day course for Seniors (Years 7 to 10). In total over a hundred students attended from all over New Zealand. Craig Springett came all the way from Amuri Area School in North Canterbury and Ethan Hill from Paparoa Range School in Greymouth. We had a splendid group of supervisors as usual who managed to keep us all on time for classes and who sorted out a multitude of minor problems during the six days. Very many thanks to Sue Kenrick, Liz Thompson, Debbie Reyburn, Robyn Bailey, Kathy Hudson and Jocelyn Colton - and a huge thank you to Melanie Blakebrough for stepping in at very short notice to help us out.

Elaine Le Sueur's Crime Scene Investigation classes were once again immensely popular together with Robyn Boswell's Dicing With Dilemmas. The Strategy Games and Diplomacy groups were as lively as ever and in the senior seminar Russell Greenwood's Writers' Workshop was much sought after.

Everyone worked very hard and it was, as usual, difficult to analyse how best to make awards. After a great deal of thought and discussion the following students were nominated.

JUNIOR PRIZEWINNERS WERE: Jessica Roberts (Pokeno), Livne Ore (Onehunga).
JUNIOR MEDAL WINNERS WERE: Alex Boyd (Sandringham) and Caleb Adam (Whakatane).
SENIOR PRIZEWINNERS WERE: Moana Guthrie and Katie Humm (Dargaville), Christopher Jury (Hikuai).
SENIOR MEDAL WINNERS WERE: James Kane (Wellington) and Henry Fitzgerald (Remuera)

Try our map....

If you are not familiar with Auckland and want to know exactly where Selwyn College is, our newly installed interactive map might be of help.

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